By Melissa McCaghren
Slaton knew they’d be facing a tough rematch against the Brownfield Cubs in their Bi-District round of competition Friday evening (Nov. 15) at Tiger Stadium. This was especially true as Slaton won by a single point in that Sept. 6 game.
The Tigers again prevailed with a 41-12 win to claim the Bi-District trophy for the third year in a row.
Head Coach Jeff Caffey said he was happy with the win. “For me it was quite enjoyable. Our kids finally played for four quarters, and they seem to have a purpose,” he said. “They knew they wanted to be a part of what hadn’t been given on yet, and that’s another playoff win.
“We’ve done it three years now. Three years in a row, and now once you establish that kids don’t want to be the ones to not have done it.”
Their journey to victory started in the second quarter when Kevondrick Gober scored on a one-yard run.
Quevon McDaniel scored also on a five-yard run and added two more points on a two-point conversion.
In the third, McDaniel added to the score on a 57-yard run.
The Cubs would also score on a 70-yard run.
In the fourth, a couple of unusual scores were made by the Tigers.
Elijah Williams scored a touchdown on a recovered football in the end zone.
Ayden Ramirez also added a touchdown on a 50-yard kickoff return.
Jacob Guerra scored the third touchdown in the quarter on a three-yard run.
Brownfield would go on to score once more, on a 15-yard pass before the game was over.
Caffey was pleased with the team’s efforts.
“There was so much that happened. Really as a unit, as a team we played well with interceptions that we hadn’t made all year long,” he said, adding Gober, D’Marcus Trotty and others had one.
“Zephron Ortiz rushed for over 100 yards, but we had four people rush the ball for nearly 400 yards total offense,” he added. “Elijah Williams played great on both sides of the ball. He played great at middle linebacker and at fullback.”
That said, Caffey said overall it was the team’s effort that lead to their success. “As a team, as a unit that’s the best we’ve looked out here alone,” he added.
Overall the team rushed 44 times for 283 yards and punted three times for an average of 37.3 yards.
This upcoming Area game is against Pilot Point, and Caffey said they are not underestimating the Bearcats.
“Pilot Point is up by Denton, so they’re a DFW team. This will be the first time I’ve every played anybody that east,” he said.
“They were fourth seed last year and won the District this year. They have two really good skilled kids at quarterback and running back. They’re a good duo and they take care of each other. Those are the two we’re going to have to stop.
And Slaton is preparing to do such a thing and lift the football trophy up again.
“(We’re looking forward) to another chance to represent our school, our town and our families and we want to make sure we represent them well,” he said.
The Tigers continue their quest for a State championship Friday evening (Nov. 22) at 7:30 p.m. in Vernon. Tickets will be $6 for adults and $3 for students.